The thought of a relaxing foot massage can help you get through even the longest of days.
Almost everyone loves getting a foot rub. Finding that one source of tension on your foot can make all your worries melt away. In fact, massage is one of the greatest tools that medicine has. It can improve a variety of physiological and psychological ails with only a few minutes a day.
The benefits of regular massage are astounding. When placed correctly, the human touch alone can reduce inflammation, improve circulation, improve your health, and reduce your stress all at the same time.
Here are just a few of the things that will change when you give yourself a foot massage every night.
You Will Have Healthier Feet
Your feet take the brunt of the work. Whether you stand on concrete or pound the pavement, your feet are the first parts of your body to make contact with the hard ground. Depending on how active you are and the shoes you wear, this can lead to having some pretty fatigued feet
Nightly foot massages will help your joints and your muscles deal with the daily stress they are subject to. Massage can help not only relieve joint pain, but it can also help your feet recover if you do end up injuring them.
Foot massage also helps people who have flat feet deal with daily pain. Some people have issues with the ligaments in their feet. These ligaments do not hold their feet up and this causes their arches to collapse. A lot of people have this and do not notice any major issues. However, some people with flat feet can have serious foot pain even after simply walking down the street.
This foot pain is often referred to as plantar fasciitis. If you have plantar fasciitis, you will usually have long-term heel pain that is often caused either by inflammation or by the deterioration of the tissues that should be supporting the arch of your foot.
It does not matter whether you are on your feet all day or you have long-term issues with your feet, you can combine massage with some exercises to help prevent injuries or soreness in your feet. All you need to do is perform a few exercises somewhere between three to five days a week to make sure that you are protected from heel to toe.
You Will Have Lower Blood Pressure
Since foot massages can help you lower your stress and anxiety, it makes sense that they can also lower your blood pressure by extension.
If you suffer from high blood pressure due to stress, you should add foot reflexology into your regular routine. Nightly foot massages can help relieve the negative factors of intoxicating chemicals or vaping e-cigs that are likely to be at the root of your high blood pressure.
Researchers studied healthcare workers who work with dementia patients. This job is exhausting, both mentally and physically. Researchers found that only a 10-minute foot massage helped improve the staff’s mood and helped them deal with anxiety. They also found that their blood pressure was lowered by extension.
You Will Be Able to Deal With Anxiety
When you are stressed out, you might like to think about getting a massage. That relaxing thought might help you deal with anxiety and depression when you need a way to move forward.
If those are the kinds of thoughts that enter your mind when you’re feeling down, you should treat yourself to a foot massage. Daydreaming about massages is fine, but actually giving yourself a foot massage is even better.
Learning simple techniques can be done fairly quickly, so there is no reason not to give your feet a rub whenever you need to calm down.
You Will Improve Your Circulation
Massage therapy and foot reflexology both help improve circulation around the body. Massaging your feet the right way can help make sure that your blood flows swiftly around your body and reaches all of the areas that need it.
Good circulation will leave you feeling warmer, breathing easier, and just generally feeling better overall. You can get all this simply by giving yourself a foot rub.
You Will Have Better Sex
All the previously listed benefits will also help contribute to you having a better sex life. Less stress, less anxiety, and even better circulation will all help make sure that you have more satisfying sex on a regular basis.
A foot massage can also help with this all on its own. The feet offer powerful erogenous zones. When done correctly, a good foot massage can help you get the night off the ground quickly.
These are just some of the many benefits of regular foot massage.
Massage should be an important part of your overall health routine, just remember not to undergo intensive types of treatment on injuries without first consulting your doctor.
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